We like experts. They bring a whole new way of thinking about drink and give a reason to pause and enjoy our libations. So when someone like Natalie MacLean writes a book about wine, a subject in which she is one of the top journalists in the world, we couldn’t wait to get our grubby little hands on it. Unquenchable!: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines is a wine travel book with the twist of affordability. How good can “bargain wine” really be? The answer surprised us all.
Using days of the week for each chapter and exploring one major wine region of the world per day, one might be excused for a little confusion upon first read of this strange but interesting structure. Starting with the introduction is highly recommended in this regard but by the second chapter it will seem effortless as our author floats from location to location pinpointing specific vineyards and wines with laser like precision. No waffling generalities here, MacLean knows what she is after and we are along for the ride. Each chapter ends with summaries and pairing suggestions, a useful tool for those lost in the narrative of the prose. The prose itself is exquisite. She introduces us to many of the most engaging characters of the wine world in their natural environments giving us some valuable insight to the landscape of the business.
This book distinguishes itself by being a solid and invaluable reference for wine lover and at the same time being a travel book in which you can truly loose yourself.
About the Author
Natalie MacLean is an accredited somellier and has won many journalism awards for her writing on wine including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, six Bert Green Awards for excellence in food journalism, the Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award and is a member of the Wine Writers Circle. Her newsletter has 110,000 wine lovers and is published in 36 countries. Her previous book Red, White, and Drunk All Over won best wine literature book in the english language at the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards.